Why You Should Attend the Teva Mountain Games

The Teva Mountain Games are billed as “the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music”. They evolved from a series of kayak and raft races in Minturn (I volunteered my first summer here in ’96) to something MUCH bigger and truly better. This June, athletes may compete in 8 different sports (bike, run, paddle, dog, climb, fish…) and 24 disciplines. TMG also has a softer side that includes photo comps, film comps, expo villages and amateur-friendly races like the 5K Teva Mud Run. There are many reasons why you should attend the festivities this year, but here are the cream of the crop – our top 10:

  • It’s the official start of summer in the Vail Valley.
  • Best spectator event all year
  • Tons of family-friendly activities like the Eddie Bauer Zip Line, Bear Naked Adventure Village kid’s kayak tank & climbing wall, Cool Dogs (coolest performance dogs in the entertainment industry!), any of the Eukanuba DockDogs comps and most of the athletic competitions
  • Spot world-class athletes you’ve only read about in publications like Outside. Last year, these included kayaker Brad Ludden, climber Daniel Woods, stand up paddler Steve Nyman (better known as a US Ski Team member on World Cup circuit) and celebrity-athlete of Bachelorette fame, Ryan Sutter.
  • Events like the Bouldering World Cup, kayak Deep Creek, kayak 8 Ball, mountain bike Slopestyle, Raft Cross, SUP (stand up paddle) Surf Sprint, Mud
  • Run and any of the dog comps – Speed Retrieve, Big Air Wave or Extreme Vertical
  • FREE CONCERTS on Thursday and Saturday
  • Parties like the Teva Blackout Party (or Teva Mountain Ball) and Ultimate Aloha SUP and Suds Party
  • Scope out the coolest new adventure gear and clothing at Gear Town
  • Tons of free things to do like Eddie Bauer adventure clinics, Thule Stash and Dash, Outdoor Reels Film Series, Adventure Dogs Clinic, Casting Clinics,
  • SUP Clinic and did we mention the free concerts?
  • Great discounts on lodging right here at Lodge at Lionshead!